15 December 2014

Did You See the White Elephant?

Did anyone see the white elephant? I didn't, but we're having one this Saturday after rehearsal. 

Mr Dunn said he'd let us out early; plan to stay till at least 11:30. 

Bring a treat to share.

The White Elephant rules are: 
  1. It should be wrapped.
  2. Don't spend ANY money.
  3. It should be something from around the house.
  4. Keep it simple.
  5. Try to be funny.
Mr Blanchard ran our first winds & brass sectional last Saturday and it went very well! Winds and Brass should plan on that sectional every week, right at the beginning of the rehearsal, unless otherwise notified!

We will be running string sectionals as well, so be ready with questions.

If you missed last Saturday, I still have your TShirt, unless a friend brought it to you. They look awesome! A gift from us to you: Merry Christmas!

You should now have the following pieces in your folders:
  1. Capriccio Espagnol, Rimsky-Korsakov
  2. Aboriginal Rituals, del Borgo
  3. Bacchanale, Saint-Saens
  4. Symphony No. 5, Beethoven
  5. Duo Cello Concerto, Vivaldi (Strings only)

See ya Saturday! You are all awesome.

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26 November 2014

Upcoming Concerts - Two Questions

1. Please reply to this email with your preference for our next concert time. Your responses will determine our February 21st concert time at Logan High.

3 pm matinee
5 pm early evening
7 pm late evening

2. Please indicate your preference: April 23 (Thursday) or April 24 (Friday) (Box Elder High, Brigham City) -- This will be an evening concert (7pm?).

Which date will work better for you and your family and your school commitments?

Thanks for your timely input!


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Great Concert, Upcoming Calendar, Music Folders


The Concert was Awesome! Thanks for all your effort and hard work. 

Our next rehearsal is December 6th (NOT this Saturday).  

Looking Ahead
December Rehearsals: 6, 13, 20
Christmas Break: Dec 27, Jan 3
January Rehearsals: 10, 17, 24, 31
February Rehearsals: 7, 14, 21 (Logan), 28
Concert: February 21, Logan HS
Abravanel Hall: March 2

I just sorted the music that was turned in after the concert. Thanks to everyone who turned in their music.

Gratitude especially to the following who turned in all their music:
All Woodwinds 
All Brass
All Violas
All Basses

I have sent private emails to the 7 people whose music is missing. 

I am also still missing the official 2nd Trombone folder, which I handed to someone a while ago to show a friend and work on recruiting. If I handed it to you, please let me know!

Happy Thanksgiving! Have a safe and enjoyable weekend with your families.


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17 November 2014




The concert is this Saturday​.​
There is a Facebook event. Please share it with your family and friends. Here is the link.

Press Release

There is a press release posted on the blog. Here is the link.

Dress Rehearsal
The rehearsal is a​ ​"dress rehearsal​" in the sense that we are rehearsing on the stage.
​ ​
You do not need to wear your concert outfit until the performance.
​Here is the link for the concert dress info: http://www.northernutahyouthsymphony.org/p/concert-dress.html

​November 22 Schedule

Bear River High is at 1450 S. Main, Garland

Call time for the rehearsal is 10:30 am. We will need all the help we can get as we set up the stage. :)
Rehearsal runs from 11 to 1:15, then we will have lunch.
Call time for the concert is 2:30.
The concert begins with NUYCO at 3:00.

Don't forget your food assignment for lunch.Here is the link for the lunch announcement: http://www.northernutahyouthsymphony.org/2014/11/nuys-dress-rehearsal-lunch.html

All music - including folders - will be collected Saturday so we can prepare music folders for the next concert. If you have borrowed music (to recruit your friends) it must also be returned on Saturday.


DVDs of the concert will be available to pre-order in the lobby. 

$11 for delivery at rehearsal, $13 for mail delivery

Next few weeks
There is no rehearsal over Thanksgiving weekend. Our next rehearsal will be December 6 @ Promontory School.

So excited for this concert!

​ See you all soon! :)

Julie ​

Press Release: November 22, 2014, Concert

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestra (formerly Lincoln) will present their first concert of the season as a matinee,November 22, 2014, 3.00 pm, at Bear River High School Auditorium, 1450 South Main, Garland, Utah. Admission is free thanks to the sponsorship of Classical Strings.

The Northern Utah Youth Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Amanda Kippen, will open the concert with selections including Wood Splitter Fanfare, Dies Irae: Fantasia, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and to put us in the holiday mood, Variant on an Old English Carol.

The Northern Utah Youth Symphony, conducted by Conrad Dunn, will follow with Sibelius' timeless Finlandia, a suite from Video Games Live, and Jeffrey Bishop's Aethelinda. Each concert this year will also feature a student soloist chosen as a winner of the NUYS annual concerto auditions. Krystell Taylor, violin, will be performing the stunning first movement of Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole with the orchestra.

These youth symphonies are projects of the Lake Bonneville Symphonic Society, dedicated to music in our communities. Visitwww.NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org for more information.

Krystell Taylor is a senior at Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah.  She is the daughter of Joel and Amber Taylor.  She has studied violin for 15 years with Diane Austin and Elizabeth Wallace.   She is currently serving as concert mistress of the Northern Utah Youth Symphony. In 2011, Miss Taylor was selected to perform solo with the Lincoln Youth Symphony. Krystell had the opportunity during the summer of 2014 to play with the Rocky Mountain Camerata while touring Europe. She is also currently playing with the Young Artists Chamber Players under the direction of Jack Ashton. Krystell enjoys being a member of the Hot Apple Pie Fiddlers, as well as a member of a double quartet, Aspen Strings.  She has received superior ratings at ASTA festivals for the past 10 years, and has received superior ratings at Regional and State Solo and Ensembles for the past 3 years.  She loves being involved with music and participates in various school orchestras and choirs, honor orchestras, All-State Orchestras, and teaches private lessons.  Krystell has a passion for playing her violin and making music, whether it is fiddle, chamber, symphony or performing solo.

08 November 2014

Upcoming Concert Reminders

Great Rehearsal Today!

Just a few important items:

Upcoming Concert:

Saturday, November 22, 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Bear River High School Auditorium, 1450 S Main, Garland (near Tremonton)
Admission is free (thanks to Classical Strings www.classicalstrings.net and Grover Wilhelmsen for being a returning sponsor!)

The rehearsal schedule that day is as follows: 
11 am to 1:15 pm, rehearsal on stage
PLEASE come early if you can. It's not an easy auditorium to set up.

A separate email was sent a few minutes ago regarding a meal for the break while NUYCO rehearses. 

Concert Dress:
  • Male: Black tux or equivalent suit, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black socks, black shoes. 
  • Female: Black dress, formal trouser suit, or blouse & skirt, midriff covered, conservative neckline, skirts & dresses at least tea-length, slits no higher than knee, black stockings, black shoes, accessories & trim in black.
​Ladies, please respect the fact that audience is not interested in being distracted by your knees! Tea-length means between knee and ankle. 

I found this little write-up from Macy's website rather entertaining:
Historically, a tea length dress was one that was perfect for tea time. Not as long or as ornate as an evening dress, but still brimming with class and sophistication. Ninety years ago, Emily Post described it as "a hybrid between a wrapper and a ball dress. It has a train and usually long flowing sleeves; is made of rather gorgeous materials and goes on easily, and its chief use is not for wear at the tea table so much as for dinner alone with one's family."
By definition a "tea length" dress is one that falls near the bottom of the calf, about two inches above the ankle. However, today, as dresses have become shorter, the definition of "tea length" has changed. If you are looking for a tea length dress today, you are more likely to find a hemline that falls just below the knee. Now, any dress with a hemline that falls somewhere between the bottom of the knee and the ankle can be considered "tea length." Modern tea length dresses are still sophisticated, but show just the right amount of leg for the modern woman. (http://www1.macys.com/cms/slp/2/Tea-Length-Dresses)

​I'm just looking for longer than knee length when seated, something comfortable that you don't have to fight with to play your instrument.​

Thanks for reading!

Let me know if you have any questions.

PS I recently misprinted the date for Abravanel Hall. It's March 2, a Monday.

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TShirt Order

I just sent individual reminders to those whose info I do not yet have. 

Just a reminder to all that the first TShirt is part of your membership. Additional TShirts are available for parents or other family members for $7 each ($2 extra for XX).

Thanks to everyone who has already turned in their info!


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NUYS Dress Rehearsal Lunch

NUYS Rehearsal Lunch
November 22nd
1:15 – 2:00 pm
After rehearsing from 11 am to 1:15,
 you're invited to re-energize at the concert location!

We're serving up a meat & cheese tray,
dinner rolls, sandwich fixings & drinks.

To help us provide something a little nutritious,
we invite each NUYS member (if you are able)
to donate $2 
If you haven't already donated,
Please give your money next week to Allison

Also, we invite you to please bring something delicious:

Violins:  Chips

Violas/Cellos/Bass:  vegetables or pickles or salad or fruit

Winds/Brass/Percussion:  dessert─something sweet
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27 October 2014


Did you have fun? I had fun, for sure. I enjoyed getting to know you, or getting to know you better. I enjoyed making music with you, attempting to whack you (or watching you attempting to whack each other), and I especially enjoyed the good laugh you provided with your skits!
This Saturday, November 1st (8:30 to 11:00) you are invited to wear your costumes to rehearsal, just to prolong the silliness. Sounds fun, eh? Be sure to wear something that doesn't interfere with your main job, which is playing your instrument!
Concert schedule
Our concert is just a few weeks away. Here is a reminder of the schedule:
Saturday, November 22, Bear River High School Auditorium
11:00 am to 1:15 pm, NUYS Rehearsal
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm, NUYCO Rehearsal (flyers will be handed out this Saturday regarding food for this break)
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Combined Concert

Thank you for being flexible with our concert schedule! We are pleased to perform at multiple venues throughout Northern Utah, even if it means making some adjustments ahead of time.
For your calendars, our remaining concerts this year will be:
Saturday, February 21, Logan High School Auditorium (we are holding off scheduling the time in case we really like the timing of the November concert)
Monday, March 3, Youth Symphony Festival at Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City
*Thursday, April 23, Box Elder High School Auditorium (If you have a foreseeable problem or unresolvable conflict with the Thursday concert next April, be sure to contact me asap.)

Lost and Found:
I have a black cardigan found on the porch between Agape and Gohio. Let me know if it's yours!

See you Saturday!
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22 October 2014


We are really looking forward to the retreat!

Just a couple notes: 
If you get this email in time and would like to bring a snack or treat to share for Saturday afternoon, that would be great. Our lunch is at 12:30, and then we have rehearsal, so we will be possibly hungry when it's time to pack up and go home. The camp is feeding us three meals, Friday dinner, and Saturday breakfast and lunch, but not Saturday dinner, so if you are like me, you might want a bit of something after Saturday afternoon rehearsal.

We are looking for someone to help transport a string bass, possibly to camp on Friday, and for sure home from camp on Saturday. The bass player lives east of the Lowe's on Washington and North Street. Please let me know if you can swing that direction either on your way, or on your way home. Thanks!

Don't forget to bring a music stand, and a jacket. It gets chilly up there at night.


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13 October 2014

NUYS Announcements


Fall Break
There is no rehearsal over Fall Break. That's this Saturday, October 18th. We had such a great rehearsal last weekend, so ride the wave by continuing to practice!

We will make up our missed rehearsal, and then some, at the retreat the following week. With a rehearsal on Friday evening and two more on Saturday, we will accomplish a lot, but will have a lot of fun, too! If you lost your retreat schedule, click here for another copy. There is a list of what to bring (and not to bring) included. Be sure to bring at least one music stand. 

The retreat is at Camp Utaba. Here is a link to the camp on Google maps.

Here is the schedule (subject to change, of course).
Friday October 24
4:30pm Adults, any youth helpers & equipment arrive & set up
5:00pm Youth arrive, set up sleeping quarters, meet in the lodge
6:00pm Dinner
6:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal (with break)
8:30pm Introductions, Play whack-em (you'll like it) & other games. 
            Create skit groups.
10:00pm Bedtime
10:30pm Lights out

Saturday October 25
7:30am Rise & Shine, pack up, roll up sleeping bags, etc.
8:00am Breakfast 
8:30am Orchestra Rehearsal including group picture (during break)
11:00am Prepare Skits
11:30pm Skit Performances
12:30pm Lunch 
1:00pm Clean cabins; bring luggage to lodge
1:30pm Orchestra Rehearsal (with break)
4:00pm Snack & one more game
4:30pm Final cleaning (lodge & bathrooms)
5:00-5:30pm Youth picked up, head home before dark (Sunset is 6:30pm) 

I recently sent an email to those who have not turned in permission slips. If you were not a recipient of that email, I have your permission slip.

Our first concert is November 22 at Bear River High School in Garland (near Tremonton). It will be a matinee performance, beginning at 3 pm. We will rehearse on stage 11 am to 1:15 pm, then make way for the Chamber Orchestra to rehearse for an hour or so before the concert. 

We have a parent organizing food for the break in between. Stay on the lookout for announcements about this. If you would like to volunteer to help, let me know.

The concert will be sponsored by Classical Strings. You may have noticed Grover Wilhelmsen when he came and played bass with us last Saturday. He is the owner of Classical Strings, our sponsor for this concert.

If there are any other announcements, I will send another email. 

So excited for the retreat! Let me know if you have questions.

:) Julie Gardner

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03 October 2014

Forms, Tuition, Retreat, FOOD, etc.


Just a reminder that tomorrow is the deadline for turning in the Acceptance, Release and Payment form. Thank you to all who have already done this.

With our retreat coming up in just 3 weeks, don't forget your retreat forms tomorrow. There is a permission slip, and also an optional food suggestions form included at the bottom of the general information sheet. I automatically count everyone as "going" unless they tell me otherwise. Some people have already talked to me.

Important Food Announcement & Inquiry:
Our food committee head cooks from last year have discovered they will be unable to cook for the retreat this year. We have two options: Find someone else, or hire the Camp UTABA staff to provide the food for us. If there is anyone out there willing or able to feed upwards of 80 people for 24 hours, please contact me asap. (The camp kitchen is not available to us if we cater our own meals.)

However, we are not opposed to working with the camp staff for our menu needs, so don't feel too badly if you can't help out. I will have to know ASAP to coordinate our plans with them.

​Looking forward to a great rehearsal tomorrow!

-Julie Gardner, Managing Director​

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27 September 2014

NUYS Today, Parent Meeting, Retreat


I enjoyed listening to rehearsal today! Fantastic. :)

Thanks, everyone, for coming to the parent meeting today! If you missed it, here is a link to a PDF version of the PowerPoint; if you see something you would like to volunteer for, let me know, or turn in a volunteer sheet! 

Please note that we are working on a T-Shirt design, and would like to have it solidified by next Saturday, so if you have ideas, check out the second-to-last slide on the above link.

Watch your email for a link to a Google Form for T-shirt size and color choices, coming soon. I loved the little cheer for the T-shirts. You are all so cool! :)

Year-in-Review 2013-14
Also, here is a link to the pictures and videos we had playing at the beginning of the meeting. (I waited to send this email until the upload was complete.)

We handed out the retreat permission slips and the information sheet, including a food suggestions form. If you did not get these, please print off, fill out, and turn in. If you have a food allergy or similar situation, it is especially important that you turn in the food suggestion form. 

Thank you so much! 
Julie Gardner
Conrad Dunn

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13 September 2014

Audition Results

Audition results are in! Congratulations on your successful morning. It was great to see everyone again and meet new people; thank you for your patience when we ran late. If you misplaced or did not receive the audition packet, we have made it available electronically on the blog. Here is the link. Don't forget to give those packets to your parents!

**This audition results list is in alphabetical order by last name. Seating will be assigned next week at rehearsal.**

Confirmed additional audition appointments are indicated below each section, as appropriate with a (+1) or (+2).

Allison Francis
Elizabeth Hinds
Haleigh Roche

Katie Argyle
Hannah Harding
Garrett Johnson
Travis Seamons

Gabriel Marcotte
Megan Meservy

Matthew Nye

French Horn
Emma Harding
Makenzie Harris

Joshua Carver
Kitsel Lusted
Nathan Stevenson
Isaac Thomson

(Several leads... Keep recruiting!)

Krista Farley

        Kate Smith

Aidan Ames
Vanessa Bott
Megan Brasher
Jillian Brown
Briana Cook
Eliza Corrington
Yarmeen Finlayson
Sarah Francis
Stephanie Furfaro
Lauren Giddings
Rebecca Hales
Gabby Hammer
Hannah Hammonds
Leah Laing
Tia Luther
Cody McBride
Natalie Nef
Cara Peterson
Angela Potter
Jen Lin Russell
Rebecca Stamps
Sammy Suiter
Krystell Taylor
Casey Turner
Nevele Varble
Hannah Young

Rebekah Ashby
Alec Goeckeritz
Taylor Jensen
Clayton Johnson
Travis Martinez
Katie Robins
Elizabeth Wagstaff

Joshua Austin
Carter Fielding
Cambridge Hinds
Meagan Kaminsky
Jaquell Taylor
Nathan Wagstaff

String Bass
(Keep Recruiting!)

​Thanks again! We are looking forward to jumping into the music next week. :)

Julie Gardner, Managing Director
Conrad Dunn, Conductor
Cartoon by Gerard Hoffnung

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Handouts from Auditions

An information packet was handed out at auditions today with the following cover-letter, plus the papers linked-to below so you can have extra copies as needed.


Thank you for auditioning!

Audition results will be published today via email.

If you do not receive notification, please contact Julie Gardner: info@NorthernUtahYouthSymphony.org or 435.740.4335.

Those selected to participate should:
  1. Return next week for our first rehearsal (Sept 20); arrive early to help set up and get warmed up for rehearsal (which starts 8:30-11:00 am).
  2. Invite your parent(s) to the Parent Meeting being held the following week after rehearsal at Promontory School, Sept 27, 11:15-12:00.
  3. Read Membership Info, Rules & Policies.
  4. Fill out the attached Acceptance,Release & Payment Form to be collected, with tuition, at the parent meeting.

The meeting will last no longer than 45 minutes.

Julie Gardner, 435.740.4335

A calendar was also attached to this packet. Although we prefer you check the online calendar, here is the link to the printed calendar handed out today. Please note that this calendar is incomplete; the online calendar will be updated as more information comes available.

11 September 2014

NUYS Auditions


I am so excited to see everyone! If you have already registered, thank you. Auditions are this Saturday at Promontory School, 1051 W 2700 S, Perry. Please arrive in plenty of time to warm up and be ready. I will be there no later than 7:45 am to open up and prepare.

If you want to check your audition time, here is the link for that:

If you haven't registered, please do so if you have access to a computer; otherwise, just come. There will be paper forms available. Here is the link: 

Currently we have the following instrumentation signed up for auditions:
3 Flutes
3 Oboes
2 Clarinets
1 Bassoon
1 Horn
4 Trumpets
0 Trombones
0 Tubas
1 Percussion/Timpani
1 Harp
25 Violins
4 Violas (+2?)
4 Cellos
0 Basses

Several of the pieces we want to play are AWESOME but we need more Horns and Trombones, Basses, Cello and a Tuba would be nice but not mandatory. 

Please recruit your friends! What a great opportunity to put this orchestra together and really make some Great Noise! (jk)

Julie Gardner, Managing Director

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23 August 2014

Postcard to Print and Hand to Friends


Did the Postal Service do its job? 

Did you receive your lime green postcard? Awesome! 

Here is a sheet of postcards just like that one for you to print and hand to friends when you invite them to Come Play With Us!

To play the best and coolest music, we need more French Horns, more brass in general, more flutes... and, of course, all of you!

~ Julie

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​And be sure to like our Facebook page. ​